This 30-minute recipe is perfect for takeout.
It’s likely that I am not the only one who orders Chicken Pad Thai whenever I order Thai food. It is too good to pass on. You might also have considered it a “restaurant food”, something you order only out and don’t make at home. It’s absurd. Pad Thai is one of those dishes that you can make at home. It’s actually quite simple to make at home. A 30-minute meal with a small list of ingredients is all it takes. Even though some of these ingredients may be a bit more specific than others, they are still easy to make at home.
10m prep time
20m cook time
8 oz flat rice noodles, cooked according to package instructions
1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1 cup fresh bean sprouts
1/4 cup white onions, thinly sliced
1/3 cup green onions, sliced
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
FOR THE SAUCE:
1 1/2 tablespoons tamarind puree (See Notes)
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flake, plus more to taste
Peanuts, finely chopped, for serving
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Note: If you can’t find tamarind puree, substitute 1 tablespoon ketchup + 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
Season chicken with salt and pepper.
Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Add chicken, and cook until cooked through, about 6 minutes. Remove to a plate and set aside.
While chicken cooks, whisk together the sauce ingredients: tamarind puree, fish sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, lime juice, and red pepper flake. Set aside.
Crack eggs into pan and scramble until cooked through. Add white onions and bean sprouts to pan.
Add chicken, sauce, and noodles and toss to coat everything in the sauce.
Stir in green onions and cilantro. Top with chopped peanuts and serve with additional lime wedges, if desired. Enjoy!